Just before racing got underway at St James Park, Kilkenny on Friday night, the rain arrived in a deluge.
The downpour was so heavy it soon became obvious that the continuation of racing was in serious doubt.
The track management valiantly got through three races, but at that stage it was decided to call a halt to proceedings, taking into account animal welfare and the welfare of staff, patrons and so on.
The track at this stage was getting waterlogged and the management called a halt to the proceedings.
Of the races not run, the two A4/A5 contests will go ahead on tonight (Wednesday, August 1) as will the A3 semi-finals.
The A1 and A4 single races will be run on Friday.
Race one, the O'Dwyer Dog Feed heat I, was an open betting affair. Durango popped out but was passed on the way to the bend by Moi Little Hero.
Hero went down the backstraight four lengths clear of Ballygur Henry.
Moi Little Hero crossed the line three and a half lengths clear of the strong finishing Triangle Dasher in 30.03
In heat two, punters couldn’t decide between Trumera Quarry and Milford Station. Both went off at 2/1.
From traprise Acres Hill showed his usual dash to the bend, and led Trumera into the backstraight where he was three lengths clear.
Trumera kept plugging away and off the last Acres Hill moved wide and Trumera Quarry went for it and raced on to win by two and a half lengths in 29.88.
Heat three saw significant money in the ring for Coogans Lane, and he went off the evens favourite.
The favourite was caught for toe to the bend and as a result ended up taking a hefty bang at the first.
Meanwhile, up front Odhrans Girl cut out the pace to give herself a solo.
Down the backstraight the favourite was seven lengths off the leader in forthth place.
She ran on well to be second, but at the line Odhrans Girl was four and a half lengths clear in 30.26
Coogans supporters will consider themselves unlucky not to collect.
For more on Kilkenny People sport read here.
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